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The NHS Trust plans for the Birmingham Women’s Hospital and Birmingham Children’s Hospital to become a joint hospital, and are working on options to create a new facility on an existing site.  UKGBC’s applied learning programme, Second Nature LIVE will enable learners to assess the sustainability considerations for the Hospital Board.

Second Nature LIVE will incorporate cutting edge, highly engaging learning techniques and has been specifically designed for those without sustainability in their job title.  Participants will benefit from being able to bring insights back to their business on delivering sustainable building projects.


Online, Birmingham and London

This is a blended learning programme involving both online (guided learning) and face to face learning (2 workshops), the first in Birmingham and the second in Central London.


  • Start (Online): 5 March 2018
  • Workshop (Birmingham) 21-22 March 2018
  • Report out (London): 16 May 2018

What is the Second Nature LIVE Programme?

For the Second Nature LIVE programme, UKGBC is collaborating with Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust to give participants the opportunity to apply sustainability issues to a live hospital project.

Through a range of active learning approaches with talks, site visits, virtual working, networking, group work, plenary discussions, research, webinars and workshops, participants will learn about:

  • The key principles of green building and construction
  • How sustainability considerations impact design briefs, working practices and decision-making across various disciplines and at all stages of a project
  • The role that site, climate, program, location, structure and building technology play in the process of design, construction, operation and maintenance
  • Opportunities and constraints, including, where relevant, key policy and regulatory frameworks, building performance standards, and industry trends
  • Interdisciplinary, collaborative approaches to the application of the key principles to a live project or proposition
  • The different roles and new responsibilities in working together towards green building and construction
  • Successful cases and innovative practices
  • How to design proposals both qualitatively and quantitatively, developing a compelling business case

In addition to all this, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate, discuss and learn with an industry peer group, working together to propose the most sustainable outcomes for the project. 

The programme

Part 1: Online kick-off and preliminary work (5 March)

  • 4 hours of guided learning, completed online.

Part 2 – Workshop – Birmingham (21-22 March, 1.5 day workshop)

  • Face-to-face workshop including a site tour, covering key stakeholders meetings, overview of ‘the challenge’ and basics of green building and construction

Part 3: Group work (26 March to 11 May)  

  • ~12 hours of guided learning completed online, involves tutoring, group research and development of proposals

Part 4: Report Launch – London (16 May half day workshop)

  • Face-to-face workshop where groups present to the panel and celebrate successful completion of the programme

Total time involved:

Face-to-face: 2 days (workshop time)

Virtual: 2 days minimum (2-4 hours a week online, across a total of 8 weeks)

Who should attend?

  • Professionals with more than 5 years’ experience in the built environment
  • Architects, technicians, designers, engineers, project managers, surveyors, construction managers, cost consultants, facilities/operations managers, product manufacturers, developers, clients, academics and instructors
  • Professionals involved at any stage of a project – conception to design, construction, and beyond.

Specialist knowledge sustainability is not required

Gain 32 hours CPD and become a UKGBC Green Building Champion.

For more information or to speak to one of the UKGBC team about this programme please contact us at learning@ukgbc.org.

This is a training experience and will focus on a real life building.  Any output ideas or strategies put forward will not constitute formal proposals for adoption by the building owners. Nor will this opportunity replace the need for such stakeholders to procure stand-alone professional advice on any aspects related to the development.

Event details

Open to

All are welcome.